In 1958, after leaving his job as a truck operator in the military, Kenneth Minick purchased a truck and began hauling sand, the beginning of Minick Materials. Two years later Kenneth married Nova and together, they built a great business. When stock piling products behind his home became too much in 1974, they purchased the…

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A long time before WesTen was deemed a “place”, Bill Blecha was a resident who worked for Manahattan Construction (still in OKC) in the 1920’s and 30s. He decided to use salvaged items from all of his jobs to build a “castle” for his private residence in the 1940s fashioned after one he had seen while a…

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….one of the favorite things is the twinkle in the eyes and excitement expressed by children who receive a gift from Santa and friends.  Those in WesTen who went the extra mile to see that twinkle, and love on our children, include Portland Avenue Baptist Church and Whiz Kids who made sure every Buchannan Elementary…

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An entrepreneur and cattle rancher, Montford T. Johnson, born in November 1843, built a ranching empire in central Oklahoma and played a positive role in the growth of the Chickasaw Nation. Johnson was a contemporary and a friend of Jesse Chisholm, the legendary scout and trader, who convinced him to establish cattle ranches on the…

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Do you like craft beer? Do you like to support local entrepreneurs? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, you should visit Oklahoma’s only Brewer “union” right here in the WesTen District at 520 N Meridian Ave. Brewers Union serves as an incubator for craft beer makers and aspiring commercial brewers by…

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Community partners came together to celebrate our kids and support OKDHS’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday afternoon, October 26, 2019. Over 100 kids participated in a fun, safe time of playing games and collecting candy—does it get any better than that on a beautiful Autumn Saturday afternoon? Thanks to the OKDHS employees, Western Heights JROTC,…

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Sixty years ago, Bill and Joyce Smith started the business at NW 10 and Quapaw when they moved to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.  A few years later, they expanded by adding the old Cuppie’s Auto Repair building just east of the first building which is still the main nucleus of the store today. A second…

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The OKC Westside Lion’s Club, a WesTen Non-Profit since 1951, will host The Salvation Army Senior Center that formerly met at the Warr Acres Events Center during their transition to a new location in 2020.  The Senior Center offers a variety of activities such as: health clinics, exercise classes, Wii tournaments, Bible study, and holiday…

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Zoila waited 57 years to become a citizen, simply because she didn’t have the financial resources to navigate the system. Her family escaped Cuba when she was 7 and although she was eligible to become a citizen as a refugee, it was only when she connected with the Immigration Center pro bono services that she…

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Running any business is not for the faint of heart.  One of the most intriguing bright spots in the WesTen District is the list of multi-generational, long term businesses.  At last count, we have documented over 23 business with over 25 years of providing their services and products.   At least 5: Cardinal Pools, Miller…

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